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Jan '23

Sat

28

Sam Windley

W/ Able Joseph

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Dragnet

W/ Itchy & The Nits

9:00pm Enmore Hotel

Rah! Records Social Club w/ BEYOND DOPE

W/ BC & OLD MATE HAMB, MATT XANDER, GRIZZLY THE HERMIT, PUNKTUATION, BOO LAWSON, JACQUI LOMAS, GHOSTNOTE

8:30pm MoshPit Bar

Felipe Baldomir

W/ Michael Dunstan

8:30pm Avalon RSL

DARKNESS

W/ REJECTA, SPITNOISE

8:00pm Manning Bar, USYD

Scruffamudda

W/ Doctor Robot

8:00pm Ramblin' Rascal Tavern

Crowbar Hottest 100 Monster Skate Ramp

W/ Yours Truly, A Swift Farewell

8:00pm Crowbar

Plini

W/ Protest The Hero, I Built The Sky

8:00pm Metro Theatre

Duke's House of Wax

W/ Sumeru, Black Rheno, Disparo!

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

NB:

This will be preceded by a vinyl market running from 11am-4pm, with DJs from midday

Wet Season

W/ Deadshowws, Memory Motel

8:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

Dande & The Lion

8:00pm Botany View Hotel

Slim Jimz

W/ The Sooks, Sprinter

7:30pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

The Superjesus

W/ DALLAS CRANE

7:30pm The Lansdowne

The Polymics

W/ Space Plants, The Drivebys

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Richie Weed

W/ Too Easy Band

7:00pm Gasoline Pony

WOEWARDEN

W/ Malignant Aura , Black Mountain

7:00pm The Vanguard

Daniel Champagne

7:00pm Paddo RSL

30/70

W/ INQ.

7:00pm Mary's Underground

NB:

Launch show for 30/70's third album

Something About Midnight

W/ Dream Lawn, Peripheral Vision, Salted Ham

6:30pm The Alley @ The Agincourt

JH

This is our first listing for Sydney Uni's Great Hall which makes me wonder why it's as underutilised for contemporary music as it is. There might be some good opportunity there! Wonder what the booking fee is? This is being put on by "entertainment discovery platform" Fever - it's sort of like SydneyMusic but they're shooting for global, it's for-profit and it looks like part of their business model is getting into the ticketing game. The gig itself (and the rest of their "Originals" series) is kind of a promotional initiative, with the selling point being that the artist plays amidst "thousands" of candles (putting that in quotes as that's from the press release) - you just know that's gonna look svelte on Instagram and TikTok. The show comes at a premium: an eye-watering $75 to sit up the front (you can be up the back for $45): it's quite a steep ask for a local act, but maybe that's making sure there's budget for the cleaners to get all of the melted candlewax sorted after bump out.

BYOG Fest

W/ Downgirl, Sandy Dish, Germ Donor

6:00pm The House of Music & Booze

Hayley Mary

W/ Jordan Kenny

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

NB:

That's Hayley Mary (formerly of The Jezebels) doing her solo material. Unsure if these gigs are full band affairs or stripped back instrumentation,

GLAM FEST

W/ Faster Pussycat, Wednesday 13, Eclipse, Enuff Z'Nuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tuff, Sisters Doll, Crosson, Dept. Of Gloom, Star Crazy

4:00pm Factory Theatre

Psyched As Forever

W/ Pist Idiots, Johnny Hunter, Forest Hall, PEEL, Julia Why?, Nick Nuisance & the Delinquents, Psyched As House Band, Moody Beach, Murray Darling, Iain T. McKelvey & The Midnight Tangos, Germ Donor

1:00pm Petersham Bowlo

NB:

Despite being extremely sold out, we thought it fitting to acknowledge this stacked line-up (look at it!) celebrating the life of Richard ‘Millzy’ Mills, one of the co-founders of label/party collective Psyched As. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to the Bula'Bula Arts Centre in Ramingining (NT).

Fri

27

Dennis Cometti

W/ Grand Final

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Keanu

W/ Arlo Sim, AnnaLina

8:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

The Corners

W/ The Leash, Beautiful Stink

8:00pm The Chippo Hotel

Kyle Lionheart

W/ Garrett Kato

8:00pm Factory Theatre

Potential (album launch!)

W/ Potential, Loose Fit, Daily Toll

8:00pm Petersham Bowlo

JH

Album launch for the incredible Potential, releasing their album after three excellent singles that have just got me more and more pumped for the full thing. Potential play (in their own words) "weirdo dark-pop synth-wave" - great songwriting, drum machines, harmonised sax, grinding chorus bass, it's a fucking treat. Loose Fit are an incredible support, also offering bursts of sax, intensive post-punk rhythms with little elements of dub all over it - their debut record was recorded and mixed by Jonathan Boulet of Party Dozen and ARSE. And at the greatest venue in Sydney - the PBC!

High

W/ Cult Choir, Tiger

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

The Magic Lantern (UK)

W/ Emily-Rose & the Wild Things, Tanj

8:00pm The Great Club

Borderline Destruction

W/ UNEARTH, King Parrot, The Ascended, Complexant, flaming wrekage

8:00pm Crowbar

The Superjesus

W/ DALLAS CRANE

7:30pm The Lansdowne

The Vee Bees

W/ Cream Soda, Crapulous Gee Gaw

7:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Reddshift

W/ Sundriver, Rehab Doll

7:30pm The Alley @ The Agincourt

5 Bands for 5 Bucks

W/ Airline, Siphon, Dimi Xomusic, Radio Row, Slack Punks

7:30pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Crocodylus

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

NB:

"Muscle Memory" EP launch.

Spurs for Jesus

W/ Looch Lewis & the Press Gangsters

7:00pm Brass Monkey

Thu

26

Blak Powerhouse

W/ Nooky, Barkaa, Kobie Dee, Kanada The Loop, Mi-Kaisha, Tom Foolery

5:00pm Powerhouse Museum

CW

A night of live music, art, a film screening, and talks put together by Indigenous social enterprise We Are Warriors. Free, but ticket registrations are recommended.

Yabun Festival

W/ Tia Gostelow, DRMNGNOW, Aodhan, Denni, ROBERT K CHAMPION Presents Manta Milmilpa, Blanche, MAURIAL SPEARIM, Jacob Ridgeway, Carissa Nyalu, KYARNA ROSE & MATTY WALKER, PRODIKAL-1, MICKILLAKID, ONE OUT, CHILL CHENEY, BLACX & SCRAPZ, IZZY

10:00am Victoria Park

Wed

25

Doctor Robot

W/ Happy Shadowz, DJ Pasito (Shane from DZ Deathrays), DJ Catkings

9:00pm The Lord Gladstone

KEHLANI (USA)

8:00pm Hordern Pavilion

JH

God I am VERY excited about this... "It Was Good Until It Wasn't" is an absolutely stunning record

NEW WAVE REBIRTHED

W/ Who’s Your Daddy, The Night Packers, Shammgods

7:00pm The Vanguard

Hijinx Wednesdays

W/ False Alvrm, DIP, Pyramid Mission

7:00pm Crowbar

Elise Walsh + Bella Groove

7:00pm LazyBones

Tue

24

Anoesis

W/ Jiem

7:00pm LazyBones

NB:

Two jazz ensembles, with Anoesis launching their second album “Dancing Waters”

Ash Acid

W/ Jill Jackson

7:00pm The Midnight Special

Mon

23

Sun

22

Marc Rebillet (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Big Mama Trio

7:30pm The Dock, Redfern

Topnovil

W/ Two Faced, Outnumbered

7:00pm MoshPit Bar

Sightless

W/ Shawnees Angels, Spinning Cupids, So I Says To Mabel

6:00pm Hiway Bar

Ace On Fire

W/ Durty Triix, Mid Life Crisis

5:00pm The Bridge Hotel

DAVE JENSEN AND HIS GOOD INTENTIONS

4:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Vitalise @ Good Space: Week 3

W/ HEDONIST, DF0:BAD, IMPBOX, GLITTER CRITTER, Del Lumanta (DJ), IMPBOX (Visuals)

4:00pm Good Space Festival

JH

NOTE: “Due to an issue with the Good Space venue this gig is moving to a new venue. Bordello Bar on level 4 of Kings Cross Hotel is the new location.” — unsure what this means for other Good Space events just yet, we’ll let you know. This week's edition of 8 week live electronic music series Vitalise features all things Tracker/ChipTune/Gameboy/Breakcore. Earlycomers will get to be part of a Gameboy music making workshop, so if that sounds like your thing come down early and get bleeping! Under 18s welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Chants and Drones: an evening of New Music for Acoustic and Electrified guitar

W/ Darren "DC" Cross, Jeremy Nicholas, Liam Keenan

3:00pm The Old Shopfront

NB:

Entry by donation. BYO. And is this a new DIY space?

Tombeau & The Idiots

W/ D.B.A.T.L.S.

2:00pm Yulli's Brewery

Sat

21

DJ Masda (JPN/GER)

W/ Moopie (A Colourful Storm) (DJ), Magda Bytnerowicz (DJ), Simon Caldwell (DJ), Ivy (DJ), many more

10:00pm The Bridge Hotel

NB:

DJ Masda is a selector originating from out of Japan, a key figure in party crew/label Cabaret as well as Energy Flash Distribution. More recently he's been based in Berlin. This party has been organised by Polka and Brighter Days, and runs all the way up to midday the following day.

Midnight Tea Party

8:30pm Botany View Hotel

The Neptune Power Federation

W/ Seedy Jeezus, Corpseswitch

8:30pm MoshPit Bar

Maxine Funke (NZ)

W/ Warm Currency, Soda Eaves

8:00pm Petersham Bowlo

NB:

First Aussie tour in 5 years! "Impressionistic folk music" in the warm, welcoming environs of the PBC

Tuppaware Party

W/ The Wattles

8:00pm Union Hotel

Marc Rebillet (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

CW

If the name doesn't ring a bell, google "Loop Daddy". Wildly charismatic, utterly ridiculous, and even inspirational, with improvised bangers for days.

Starcrazy

W/ The Black Cardinals, Well?

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

Fathom

W/ Imposters In Chrome, Midnight Removalists

7:30pm The Alley @ The Agincourt

The Dead Love

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

NB:

Final ever show

The Smart Folk

W/ The Golden Rail, The Autumn Hearts

7:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

NB:

Final ever show

Splendid Fiasco

W/ Cosmic Caravan, Speed Dial

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Comeback Kid (CAN)

W/ Drain (USA), Heists, Trenchknife

7:00pm Crowbar

HEAVY FEST

W/ Thrall, Mammons Throne, Terra Mortem, Maggot Cave, Wicked Sisters, Carnal Viscera, Foothills, Anoxia, Celestial Oath, Besomora

7:00pm The Vanguard

Big Moist & the Smoking Durries

6:30pm The Bridge Hotel

Sam Windley

W/ Dominic Breen

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

NB:

You'll see Cockatoo Island on this guide every Saturday afternoon for the next few months - up through March.

Seymour Nights

W/ Elana Stone, Butternut Sweetheart

5:00pm Seymour Centre

Summertime Festi-Ville

W/ This Is A Robbery, Woolworths Flu Shot, Brody Greg, Jude Joseph, Granfalloon, Operation Ibis, Ess-Em, Billy Puntton & the Mental Health Plan

3:00pm The Great Club

Casual Collusion

W/ Got Music Social Club (DJ), Off The Top Radio (DJ), Barney Kato (DJ), Natalie Lawrence (DJ)

3:00pm The Lord Gladstone

NB:

A courtyard party at the Gladdy feature "dub, house, electro, jazz, hip hop, world beats and beyond " Hosted by Got Music Social Club and Off The Top Radio, coming together for the very first time.

Mitch McLennan

2:30pm MoshPit Bar

Fri

20

The Whole Wide World Band

9:00pm Yulli's Brewery

Chimers

W/ Private Wives

9:00pm Vic on the Park

JH

Two acts straight from Wollongong to show you how they do it down south! Private Wives is a three-piece all-girl riotous punk act - you know the drill, the drum fill, the chanty-shouted vocals, the riffs... all of which get stuck in your head for days after. They do it with panache. Chimers we've written about many times on this guide - we love them, they're great, you need to see them. New single "Generator" dropping January 13! Go for it.

The Neptune Power Federation

W/ Seedy Jeezus, Tantichrist

8:30pm MoshPit Bar

JH

Lord have mercy! Here comes a psych/stoner hurricane featuring Jay Whalley (Frenzel Rhomb), his wife "Loz Sutch" as she is known (also: "the High Priestess") and a couple of their mates. They're doing two nights at the ripping small space that is MoshPit Bar (we love you guys dearly MoshPit, never change, stay weird forever)

The Midnight Tides

8:30pm Botany View Hotel

Vitalise @ Good Space (special Friday gig)

W/ PITCH BLACK (NZ), Anuraag, Anomie, Sub Bass Snarl, UnkaZen, Sir Robbo

8:00pm Good Space Festival

JH

Alongside their special Sunday afternoon/evening gigs, Vitalise - a collective headed up by Luke "LukeSnarl" Dearnley (of SubBassSnarl, Frigid) - are putting on a special Friday night gig, running up to 2am. The lineup covers a broad cross-section of electronic music, all live. And yes, this is once again at Good Space's latest location - an abandoned three-storey shopping centre opposite Broadway that's been refashioned into a temporary creative space.

Solarcoaster

W/ Cactus Lane, Abbey Lane

8:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

Ed Clayton-Jones

W/ Last Motel, Steve Broughton

8:00pm Town & Country

DR

Ex-Bad Seed/Wreckery figure Ed Clayton-Jones explores his catalogue of darkly disjointed songs of longing at semi-legendary St Peters' haunt the Town & Country with a band featuring, among others, former The Cruel Sea bassist Ken Gormly. Supported by Last Motel and Steve Broughton. Tickets $15, in what seems to be some sort of ironic, retro move, on the door only.

Music in Exile presents "Building Bridges"

W/ Ausecuma Beats, Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange (Z*F*E*X)

8:00pm Mary's Underground

NB:

"Melbourne’s Music in Exile label, a not-for-profit aimed at profiling musicians from refugee and migrant backgrounds that give the city its world-class reputation in the arts, started the Building Bridges series, a collection of recordings aimed at keeping individuals connected and inspired during lockdown. One such project was a match made somewhere in musical heaven. The minds behind Ausecuma Beats, a nine-piece, Melbourne-based ensemble comprised of members from Senegal, Mali, Cuba and Guinea, spent weeks recording and sharing material remotely with the Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, also known as Z*F*E*X." More info at the link.

The Witching Hour

W/ Wicket Envy, Bridget Left to Burn, Amammoth, KRAVE

8:00pm Crowbar

The Black Cardinals

W/ WELL?

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

sobeit Live

W/ Felix Dame, Maury Rum, Sam, Smoke1, baschoe (DJ), sobeit (DJ)

8:00pm The House of Music & Booze

Dappled Cities

W/ Breadclub, Fergus Bailey & The Teeth

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

CW

Holy holy holy hell, the lads are back with a new EP.

Whopping Big Naughty

W/ Skid Pan Alley

7:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Saferoom

W/ Hylander, Miramar, Little j (DJ)

7:30pm Knox St Bar

NB:

Monthly electronic music night running at Knox St Bar in Chippendale that we’d previously not been aware of.

Sunnyboys

W/ Painters & Dockers

7:30pm Dee Why RSL Club

Space Plants

W/ Bunny Bear, Luke Hansen

7:30pm The Alley @ The Agincourt

NB:

Gigs are back at the Agincourt!

Negative Gears

W/ Dionysus, California Girls

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Seymour Nights

W/ Little Green, BIRDEE王煒

6:30pm Seymour Centre

Heatstroke Presents: Collision 1

W/ Alpha Goose, Red Revel, The Sal Vulcano Tribute Choir

6:30pm Red Rattler

DS

A cool fusion of music and fashion. Blurb from event: "4 bands performing in original garments by 4 fashion designers - all the excitement of a live show, all the allure of a catwalk."

Thu

19

Mayhem (NOR)

W/ Ulcerate (NZ), Werewolves

8:00pm Factory Theatre

Benito Di Fonzo

7:30pm The Townie

NB:

Two sets

Keybroads

W/ Sarah Cherlin, Spencer Spark, Emily Sarkova, Jenny Douglas, Analise Wren

7:30pm MoshPit Bar

Gee Tee

W/ 1800-MIKEY, Dumbells

7:30pm The Lansdowne

Breaking Sound

W/ ESHAAN, Stefan Rossi, Vinyl45, NORA

7:30pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

NB:

Emerging artists showcase by Breaking Sound Sydney. More artists to be announced!

Joe Visser

W/ Sam Windley

7:00pm Petersham Bowlo

NB:

"Things That Cannot Be" EP launch

Black Rainbow Fundraiser

W/ Lupa J, Lucy Cliché, Salllvage, California Girls, Jungist (DJ), G Spot (DJ)

7:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

JH

The official bio: "FAINT presents a fundraising live music and performance event for Black Rainbow (NT) an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander social enterprise in the pursuit of positive health and well-being for First Nations LGBQTIA+SB (Brotherboy & Sistergirl) communities." - this is a really exciting local lineup for a really worthy cause. Get amongst.

Steve Lane & The Autocrats

W/ Paper Jane, Alannah Russack (solo)

7:00pm LazyBones

EMMA DONOVAN AND PAUL GRABOWSKY

7:00pm City Recital Hall

NB:

"The Old Rugged Cross", a one-night, two-legend tribute to country gospel.

Mon

16

Sun

15

L.A.R.M

W/ Cammy Cautious and the Wrestlers, A False Sense of Hope

7:30pm Crowbar

NB:

Liking this trend of free gigs at Crowbar on Sundays!

No Pressure (USA)

W/ Regulate (USA), AWOL

7:30pm The Lansdowne

Lily Morris

W/ Mannequin Radio, haddie

7:00pm Petersham Bowlo

White Knuckle Fever

6:00pm The Dock, Redfern

NB:

Two sets

Salt Money

W/ Mowgli, xCherishx, Route Promenade

6:00pm Hiway Bar

DS

For all fans of emo & screamo. The last time I saw mowgli, I was moved. They really gave it their heart and soul.

Curtis Eller (USA)

W/ Meth Chooks

5:00pm Gasoline Pony

Jesse Redwing

W/ The MacGuffins

5:00pm Union Hotel

Peter "Blackie" Black

W/ Granfalloon (UK), Dr Moth

5:00pm MoshPit Bar

NB:

That's Blackie of the Hard Ons and Nunchukka Superfly

Vitalise @ Good Space: Week 2

W/ JWPATON, CHRIS PETRO, SWANFACTORY, MX ROBERT FROST, Timo (DJ), VJ ATMM (Visuals)

4:00pm Good Space Festival

JH

Second week of a very exciting series of live electronic music. It's designed to be approachable to all, includes show 'n' tell and explanations of the myriad instruments and devices being used to make the sounds, and some weeks even lets punters get "hands on" with the equipment. Vitalise is a collective headed up by LukeSnarl (SubBassSnarl, Frigid) and this is a wonderful community-centric series. Kids welcome if accompanied by a guardian. Luke also informs us: "This week we are also having an electronic music gear BUY/SELL/SWAP MEET!! Trade a eurorack module! Buy a drum machine! Turn those un-used FX pedals into cash! Avoid scammers and postage - trade here in person! Meet your fellow music nerds! Form a band! All you need to do it turn up with your gear, and/or wallet."

Sat

14

Antenna

W/ Crankees

9:00pm Enmore Hotel

NB:

Nothing quite like the chaotic energy of a 9pm Enmore Hotel show - two punk sets, about as no frills as it comes. Glorious.

The Sunday Estate

W/ Oputjo

9:00pm Vic on the Park

The Shadow Ministers

W/ Alice and the Bird, Ego Trip

9:00pm Hiway Bar

Lunchtime

W/ 51st Avenue, GRUB

8:00pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

THE STRIPP

W/ HELLEBORES, JUPITER 5, SLACK PUNKS

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

Tommy Gunn

W/ Kapulet, Harry Hilfiger, JS, 04Saiken

8:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

Sounds Like Sunset

W/ Key Out, Juno Point

7:30pm Petersham Bowlo

JH

Sounds Like Sunset formed in Pennant Hills in 1997. Famously, no matter how small the venue they're playing, they'll bring their full scale amp stacks and play at the volume they would if they were playing a gig at the SCG. I'm saying they're loud. Their sound draws a lot from the original wave of the UK's shoegaze influences - think Lush, Ride - but there's definitely an Australiana to it, so I'm gonna dub it "pubgaze". Key Out draws from a similar well of influences but with a little more gentleness - some lovely background vocals and textures adding a wooziness to a rock solid core guitar band sound. Their record's out on Half A Cow - it was mixed by Wayne Connolly (as was SLS' last release).

Acacia Bloom

W/ The Sooks, Something About Midnight, The Laces

7:30pm The Alley @ The Agincourt

Thot Domination Tour

W/ VOLATILE WAYS, TERMINAL SLEEP

7:30pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

Tuppaware Party

W/ Hollywood Waltz

7:30pm The Lansdowne

Master Leonard

W/ Dole Bludga, Asura, Scum Fu

7:00pm Marrickville Bowling Club

NB:

"Grindhead Records presents another night of Sludge, Grind and black metal all in one package"

SXY XMS

W/ The Ugly Truth

7:00pm Gasoline Pony

Seymour Nights: Heartsville Music Group

W/ Zane Banks, The Banks Brothers, Harry Foxton

6:00pm Seymour Centre

Martha Marlow ft. Chris Abrahams

4:00pm Brett Whiteley Studio

Cutthroat Kelly

W/ Greasefire, Gene Gibson

3:00pm MoshPit Bar

Gala 6

W/ ENGRAVED, TOPNOVIL, SMACKED YOUTH, DISKUST, THE BLOODS, TWREKZ, THE BIFTERS, ONLY AT THE MOVIES, DECIMATOR, REKLEZZ, MUZZY

3:00pm Crowbar

Fri

13

The Toothpicks

W/ The Sooks

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Crank Williams & Patsy DeCline

W/ Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes, Tall Squeeze

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Big Red Fire Truck

W/ Svlem, Konstrasto

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

PRIMARY

W/ Awa Mbaye, Claudiah, Claire Knight, Gazal, Jayde Ellen, Lavrence, Nat Leila, Bobby Gray (DJ)

8:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

JH

Billed as a festival comprised of the many artists and projects that intersect with a local studio producer Bobby Gray (as a clarification, that's "producer" as in: "turns your demos into proper recordings", not "plays a gig with Ableton Live and a make-believe tabletop modular synthesiser"). So anyway, it appears that Bobby's put on a lineup of artists he's worked with and he'll be DJing a bit around it. Great way to make a community around an environment visible! Hope it's a lovely night!

5 Blues Drive

W/ Kim Girdlestone

8:00pm Brass Monkey

Antenna

W/ Boiling Hot Politician, Bad Jeep Country

7:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

NB:

Antenna is not to be confused with the Scientists/Hoodoos/Southend supergroup formed in the late 90s. It is, in fact, a new punk group fronted by Shogun (yes, another one!), he of Royal Headache/Shogun & The Sheets/Finnoguns Wake/many more fame.

In View

W/ Day Release, Polymics

7:30pm The Alley @ The Agincourt

NB:

Gigs are back at the Agincourt!

Strawberry Swing

W/ Sarah Yagki, Grxce

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Babe Rainbow

W/ Kanada the Loop, Sam Windley, Stezrat

7:00pm Factory Theatre

JH

I'm going to gently and without hyperbole say that HTRK are my favourite Australian band of all time, and that you should absolutely see them at least once. They've plotted a fascinating trajectory from their early days as a grinding noisy post-punk trio, and subsequently evolving through various colours and hues of textural electronic music: from barely-perceptible darks to a gradually increasing brightness, calm, and reflectiveness - even looseness - that's appeared over the years, all the while retaining an ever-present sensuality that's been a signature core component of their music. I got chucked in the deep end with this band about a decade ago when I was asked by their label to design some simple lighting for a gig and it changed my life. HTRK are a national treasure - no knowing how this temporary SydFest pop-up venue will treat their vibe, but get amongst one of their two nights.

Gypsys of Pangea

W/ The Shadow Ministers, John Lawrie & The Welcome Strangers, Greasefire

7:00pm The Chippo Hotel

Seymour Nights

W/ Lisa Caruso, Kim Yang

6:30pm Seymour Centre

Thu

12

Rina Sawayama (USA)

8:00pm UNSW Roundhouse

Girly

W/ Nala, The Smashed Avocados

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Conor O'Donoghue

8:00pm The Dock, Redfern

Joe Mungovan

W/ Apocalypse Boyo

7:30pm The Royal

Gene Gibson

W/ Goodmonster, tophu panda

7:00pm Gasoline Pony

Bakura

W/ The Toothpicks, Possum Pants

7:00pm LazyBones

The Serviette Union

7:00pm The Vanguard

Rai Thistlethwayte

7:00pm Camelot Lounge

Seymour Nights

W/ Montgomery Church, Zoe Elliot

6:30pm Seymour Centre

NB:

This is the kick-off for a five-night series of early evening / sunset gigs over two weeks in the Seymour Centre courtyard - yes, that quite-well-treed courtyard area that you look at every time you turn from City Rd into Cleveland St. More in the guide below.

Wed

11

Ben De La Cour (USA) & Katie Bates

8:00pm The Midnight Special

Tue

10

Bicep (UK)

8:30pm Enmore Theatre

JH

You hear "Just" or "Glue" at a party and you roll your eyes because they're so ubiquitous but then you start dancing because they're just SO GOOD. Go take a look at their Printworks 2018 live show on YouTube (on Resident Advisor's channel) if you want to get a feel for what they're about.

Mon

9

Sun

8

Freddie Gibbs (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

JOTHI

W/ Leilani Le Fleur

5:00pm LazyBones

NB:

Melbourne-based "soul-pop-funk"

Vitalise @ Good Space: Week 1

W/ John Jacobs, Nick Dan, Kelvison, 10k (DJ), ATMM (VJ)

4:00pm Good Space Festival

JH

HUGE 8 WEEK SERIES. Good Space is a temporary venue / art space created across three floors of an abandoned department store opposite Broadway Shopping Centre. Vitalise is an event series spearheaded by LukeSnarl, a long-serving legend of Sydney's dance/electronic spectrum. He explains: "the basic idea is focus on live electronic performances: 3-4 live acts each week, accompanied by DJs and VJs ... it's less a dancefloor oriented event, and more a social vibe where people can see the acts, look at their gear, ask 'em about it etc, [as well as] a space for people to try new ideas or projects. Each week will have either some kind of show 'n' tell or workshop-type aspect. Or occasionally a buy/sell/swap meet for music gear." Even better? "Kids are welcome if accompanied by a guardian, and every week there will be a bit that I am calling the 'audience hands on the gear'... where we let the punter loose on some of the equipment, thru the PA... maybe a eurorack skiff with a few noisy modules, or a drum machine, whatever." And yes - there's food ("tasty pizzas") and beverages available at the venue too. This is an incredibly exciting community-driven event and we can't wait to see what happens!

Humming Grotto #13

W/ Mara, Josten Myburgh, Skylar Sansome

4:00pm Petersham Bowlo

JH

Humming Grotto is a stunning monthly series of sound art, ambient, noise and other outsider sounds - an often peaceful, sometimes intense, always mesmerising series of lineups that show off a wonderful dimension of Sydney. It's held downstairs at the PBC - so don't be alarmed if you turn up to the main room and there are toddlers running around and the ding of the bistro pass bell. Head downstairs and I guarantee that once the door closes behind you you'll be transported into another world.

Aloe Vera

W/ The Brights

3:00pm Stowaway Bar

NB:

Hello Freshwater! Small bar featuring a couple of bands on a Sunday afternoon for their 10th birthday

Sat

7

Extreme Trans Neptunian Objects

10:00pm The Townie

NB:

Two double basses, percussion and drums. Looks like a collective of seasoned improvisers (I spy Tomas Ford from Anoesis in the lineup) playing one of their first shows under this project name. Guessing this will be the usual “two sets from 10pm” deal

LIVESTOCK

W/ Stieble Eltron

10:00pm Golden Age Cinema & Bar

Grxce

W/ Bunny Bear

8:30pm Botany View Hotel

The Bifters

W/ Dial Up Model, Robot God

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

The MacGuffins

W/ Alice Joy, Coyote

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Canine

W/ Jalang, Crankees

8:00pm Red Rattler

DJY

Lex from Crankees and Seethin' is turning 40 and throwing a big do next month to celebrate - including Canine's first show in almost four years!

Space Plants

W/ Goodmonster, Len Lennox

8:00pm Petersham Bowlo

DJ Koze (GER)

W/ GERD JANSON (GER)

8:00pm UNSW Roundhouse

UNDERMINER

W/ Life's Ill, Cold Blood, Blood On My Hands, Satellites Were Set Alight

8:00pm Crowbar

The Nethered

W/ Inga Lileström, Lars ollo (DJ)

8:00pm The Fusebox @ The Factory

NB:

New project by Alex Crowfoot from long running Sydney electronic duo ollo. Self-described comparisons: Grizzly Bear, Stereolab, David Sylvian, late period Talk Talk. Inga Lileström is a name we haven't heard in these parts in a long while, a singer-songwriter that came up amidst a very dynamic time in Sydney's music community in the mid- to late-2000s, with a number of releases on Groovescooter Records.

Satanic Togas

W/ Itchy and the Nits, The Gobs

7:30pm The Lansdowne

MayeFlower

W/ OKISMA, Gradient, Shallow Pink

7:00pm The Vanguard

EDGECLIFF

W/ Silky Roads, Kingdom Calm

7:00pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

Samara Ruby

W/ Fathom and The Engine

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Beach Bar 2023

W/ Fasmwa (DJ), Deejay KoolBreeze, Lady Bacchanal

6:00pm Yarra Bay Sailing Club

NB:

An annual party in its 7th year, "throwing Afrobeats, Dancehall and Reggae like only Caribbean DJs can"

Twinkling Stars

W/ Glen and Glenda, Lord Esme

2:30pm MoshPit Bar

Call to the Morning: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (USA)

5:30am Strickland Estate

JH

Yes, that's 5:30am IN THE MORNING. See in the sunrise in Vaucluse overlooking Sydney Harbour soundtracked by ambient synth angel KAS. Honestly... sounds pretty lush.

Fri

6

Dead Routes

W/ L.A.R.M.

8:30pm Botany View Hotel

ELECTRONIC BODY MUSIC

W/ TONE GENERATOR & The Body Without Organs, MILITARY POSITION, RBRNRSE

8:00pm Crowbar

JH

I've heard a number of self-described practitioners of EBM produce something that is very much just a synthed-up take on post-punk: very lyrical, melodic, drawing more from the lineage of Joy Division, Bauhaus and The Cure with a dash of the likes of Throbbing Gristle and Einsterzende Neubeuten. This line-up seems a bit further down the noise rabbit hole: have a listen to Military Positions, with a cascade of no-input effected blasts underneath a distorted vocal snarling over the top. Tone Generator & The Body Of Organs offer a blast of deconstructed bludgeons to the head with noise tone generators fashioned into various cuts and sweeps, with low sine waves throbbing underneath. In the blackened room of Crowbar, this might well just melt your brain in the best way possible. Want some catharsis? This might be your ticket.

A Little Something Missing

W/ Chasing Keiko, Hans Hubermann

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Paint Job

W/ DIMI, The Toothpicks

7:00pm The Vanguard

Lora Keet

W/ The Toothpicks, Canning Duck

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Formidable Vegetable

7:00pm Petersham Bowlo

Doctor Robot

W/ Toque, Josh Shipton & The Blue Eyed Ravens

7:00pm The Duke of Enmore

Five Coffees

W/ Dear Scarlett

7:00pm LazyBones

Spinning Cupids

W/ Polar Eyes

6:30pm Goodspace @ The Lord Gladstone

Thu

5

Radicals

W/ Grip Down, The Polymics

9:00pm Crowbar

NB:

Front bar show, totally free!

Magdalena Bay (USA)

W/ girli

8:00pm Oxford Art Factory

JH

This has a shot at being gig of the year, five days into 2023. Magdalena Bay are incredible! Familiarise yourself with their stuff on YouTube if you haven’t had the pleasure. Massive, interesting, intelligent, fun, sexy pop with an absolutely blender full of musical influences. Hyperpop, sure, but so much more besides.

Aminé (USA)

W/ B WISE

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Foxlore

W/ Geoff Towner, Sapling, TWINR

7:30pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

BOO!

7:30pm The Royal

NB:

This is verrrrrrry borderline as our policy is no cover bands or musicians in this guide... but we'll make an exception. This is the covers project of Bec Sandridge from our of Melbourne. Those that know know that Bec has attitude and it looks like the covers span a solid range so... see how you go?

FREAKS 4 HIRE

W/ S.Miles, Violence in Action, Toque, Tiomna Lugh

7:00pm Hiway Bar

Tue

3

JAY1 (UK)

W/ Big Skeez, Vv Pete

8:00pm Oxford Art Factory

Sun

1

Shaggin' Wagon

4:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

JH

A comeback show (second time they've played in the last 12 months) of a Sydney band from 1977. I don't know anything more than that... but if Aussie rock history is your thing, this might be a good look-in while you nurse your hangover into submission.

Dec '22

Sat

31

Cool Sounds

W/ Thunder Fox, Suiix

8:00pm Vic on the Park

King Tide

W/ Trout Fishing In Quebec, Pat Powell, Oroana (DJ)

7:00pm LazyBones

BASTARDIZER

W/ BLOODY LEGEND, CELESTIAL OATH, PLASTIC BATH, THRAXXY

7:00pm The Duke of Enmore

NB:

Another night of thrash and riffs in the Duke, a venue bent on ever-deepening its affinity with the filthy and the 🤘 brootal 🤘. Get sweaty.

Habour Party 2022

W/ Confidence Man, Bag Raiders (DJ), Stafford Brothers

6:00pm Big Top, Luna Park

JH

I have no idea what this vibe's going to be like, probably awful ($699 Diamond VIP tickets!!!!) but at least Confidence Man rule and you'll get a pretty view of the fireworks!

GOOD SPACE Festival

W/ Afrobrasiliana, Vitalise, Swarm, Rampant, The Vidiot, Groovescooter

2:00pm Good Space Festival

NB:

Thanks to DS for the tip on this one! Interesting... two day event that runs from afternoon NYE to 2am, then from midday to midnight the following day. Lots of DJs - is that Groovescooter from back in the early 00s? But of interest is that it's held "in an abandoned 3 floor 1300 capacity department store". Now I don't know what that means in practice, and we all know that Sydney tends to be a bit tacky when it comes to above-ground "activations" in disused spaces, but this proudly claims to be a "Do It Ourselves collaboration" and that "all proceeds from ticket sales will be used to cover costs and pay the musicians, artists, organises, crew, lighting and sound people and others involved fairly for the incredible work they are all doing to make this dream a reality" which seems like its heart is in the right place. And $60 for two days is honestly a steal. Let us know if you go!

NYE Jamboree

W/ Andy Golledge Band, Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys, Watty Thompson, Dead Witch, Bad Jeep Country, Jet City Sports Club, Swine

2:00pm Marrickville Bowling Club

JH

This'll be a wild one. A collision of the Inner West's deeply overlapping country and punk universes, and a bunch of other stuff between. Golledge and his crew famously and frequently end up in the buff more often than they don't, Harnett is a talented tunewriter with a cracking band (check out Robbie on the kit, who also plays for Joe Liddy & The Skeleton Horse amongst tons of other groups), Swine features Nick Ryan from Golledge's band in a four-piece unit that will blast your face off. Jet City Sports Club play sweet jangle pop with hooks for days. This is a solid lineup is what I'm saying. A real nice time. And yet it's sold out. But don't let that stop you from keeping an eye out for these acts next time they're playing!

Fri

30

Midnight Tea Party

10:30pm The Townie

Paul Blart and the Blart Blarts

W/ Saylor and the Flavour

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Operation Ibis

W/ Crankees, Small Town Incident

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

JH

Last minute catch for this one - haven't seen it promoted anywhere but it's there sitting on the Crankees' Facebook page! Another yob-punk band (is that what we call it?) drawing from the rich Australian piss-and-vinegar of the Cosmic Psychos or, more recently, The Chats. I mean, they have a single called "Punch The Boss", what more can I say?

GRXCE

W/ Jacket Weather, Hatchling, Milky Wave

8:00pm The Chippo Hotel

The Lemons' Odnoo (MNG)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

Stalker (NZ)

W/ Sabire, True Believer, Livewire

7:30pm The Lansdowne

In View

W/ Dirty Minds, Quaint

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Thu

29

Marcus Whale

W/ Makeda (DJ)

9:30pm Ace Hotel

JH

Blink and you’ll miss it 15 minute live set from Sydney queer icon Marcus Whale (Collarbones, BV, Scissor Lock). I caught his new material a couple of weeks ago at the Bearded Tit and honestly if you’re in the neighbourhood I would definitely stop by for this. Let us know what kind of vibe the Ace is conjuring up with their new bar space too!

Sy

W/ Charli Lucas, Nathan Foley, Jacob Turl

8:30pm The Lansdowne

Aodhan

W/ Lilla (Jet City Sports Club)

8:00pm The Royal

Factory Preset

W/ Ollo, DJ Black, DJ Lars ollo

7:00pm Butchers Brew Bar

NB:

This line-up's affiliated with Clan Analogue, a collective of electronic musicians and DJs that started in Sydney in 1992, putting on many gigs and parties over the years.

Banana Farm

7:00pm LazyBones

NB:

There's always money in a banana stand, but is there in a banana farm?

Wed

28

Mayeflower

W/ St. Heartless, Necko

7:00pm LazyBones

Tue

27

Chunk & The Distractions

8:00pm Brass Monkey

Sat

24

A Very Cringy Xmas

W/ Josh Shipton and the Blue Eyed Ravens, Doctor Robot, Benito Di Fonzo, Irene Nicola

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Dukemas Eve

W/ Wicked Things, Major Arcana, Mayeflower

7:00pm The Duke of Enmore

Fri

23

S.Miles X-Massacre!

W/ S.Miles, The Vidiot, SANDWICH MAGIC, Bev and Marge, FREAKY PROJECTIONS BY SMUT MACHINE

9:00pm The Townie

NB:

Please note: starts at 9 rather than usual later Townie set times! A wild pre-Xmas bash with some incredibly colourful personalities!

Jacket Weather

W/ Tacenda

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Crocodylus

8:00pm Manly Leagues Club

NB:

Billed as a "Crocs Christmas!"

Balkan Grill

W/ Magestic XI, Slack Punks

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Liquid Time

W/ Kunjifuri

8:00pm Botany View Hotel

Barley Passable

W/ Solarcoaster, Zink

8:00pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

Lemonise: Final Return to Recycletastic 189

W/ Lemonise

7:30pm Recycletastic

NB:

Recycletastic 189 has been a really lovely community space to watch thriving in the last year with a steady stream of music performances and other activities taking place in their shopfront. They're closing for a hiatus from 25/12/22, and are expecting to reappear somewhere in Enmore/Newtown in August next year or thereabouts. Lemonise started life in the 189 shopfront window and are returning for an awesome send off.

Mesmeriser

W/ SLIM JIMZ, Bronte Public House

7:30pm The Lansdowne

NB:

Billed as a Christmas party, and also as a ruckus. Ho ho ho.

Christmas Kamikaze

W/ The Lazys, Fangz

7:00pm Mary's Underground

THE KIDS

W/ Teresa Green, Reilz x Linea

7:00pm The Vanguard

Pezcobar

W/ Red Revel

7:00pm LazyBones

NB:

Single launch

Lord Gladstone Christmas Party

W/ L.A.R.M., At Arm's Length, D.B.A.T.L.S., Mac the Knife, Memory Motel, Safford, Dial Up Modem, Doctor Robot

3:00pm The Lord Gladstone

NB:

Excellent local line-up! Great stuff!

Thu

22

Yasmina Sadiki

W/ Dust3y

8:30pm Foundry 616

Tommy Gunn

W/ Dead Routes

8:00pm The Royal

Carla & Charlie's Holiday Hoedown

W/ Charlie Collins, Carla Wehbe, Charley, Cody Jon, Egoism, Gretta Ray, Hollie Col, Maddy Jane, Ned Houston, Salty, Sarah Wolfe, Xavier Dunn

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

NB:

Carle Wehbe and Charlie Collins and their bands host an all-star party of "loved originals, classic covers and holiday classics". Don't be a yee-hawmbug.

A VERY RADICAL CHRISTMAS

W/ RADICALS, Tahls, Electric Church

7:30pm MoshPit Bar

Wed

21

Sound/Vision: Live Electronic Music and Visuals

W/ Nina Buchanan, Del Lowmanta, Low Stakes, LowkSnarl, Low Flung

8:00pm SHADES

JH

🔊🔊🔊 NEW SPACE ALERT 🔊🔊🔊 Hello to SHADES, a new space operated by the owners of Golden Age Cinema & Bar who have been reliably putting on free gigs every week for god knows how long. Get amongst it with a free gig featuring incredible line-up of home grown electronic music and visuals. This is going to rule. Exciting to see something new. And so incredibly... Central! *rapturous applause, exits stage*

Wifey

W/ Jill Jackson, Simone East

7:00pm Gasoline Pony

Tue

20

ATM

7:00pm Foundry 616

NB:

New trio comprised of tenor saxophonist Alex Jasprizza, double bassist Tomas McKeever Ford, and vibraphonist Milan Monk performing completely improvised music.

Steve Hunter Band

7:00pm LazyBones

SydneyMusic.net Merch Launch and Xmas Party!!

W/ Grupo DJs (Party Dozen and Arse), Potential DJs, Low Stakes, DJ Don Vaper (sleepmakeswaves / Highways), SydneyMusic.net DJs

6:00pm Crosstalk Records

NB:

Hello!!! We're doing a little event with some friends in Crosstalk Records' amazing new space. Come and say hi, drink some free beer, and have a nice time! We'll also have merch available for sale and good tunes playing. Totally free, RSVP via the link.

Mon

19

The Killers (USA)

W/ Alex Cameron

7:45pm Qudos Arena

Sun

18

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

8:00pm Sydney Opera House

Steve Kilbey

7:30pm Foundry 616

NB:

Eagle-eye gig spotter DS sends this in - solo gig from The Church frontman.

Meshky

W/ Donna Amini, The Outliers

7:00pm MoshPit Bar

Himalayan Metal Fest

W/ Screaming Marionette (NEP), CHRONIC, Chillaum

6:00pm Metro Social @ The Metro Theatre

Runners & the Young

5:00pm Gasoline Pony

NB:

Melbourne alt-country band formed in 1988. $5 show too!

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys

W/ Sweet Talk W/ Magic Nic & The General Electric, Jasper & The Jokers, Love Police DJs, Evening Record DJS, C&IW DJS

3:00pm The House of Music & Booze

Sat

17

PEEL

W/ The Melodrones

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Research Reactor Corp

W/ Tee Vee Repairmann

9:00pm Enmore Hotel

The Clouds

8:00pm Factory Theatre

NB:

They're back!

Vera Blue

W/ Beks, Becca Hatch

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

8:00pm Sydney Opera House

The Rions

W/ Molly Millington, The Good Love, Liquid Time, Chloe Dadd

8:00pm Dee Why RSL Club

Gold Fang

W/ Vv Pete, BIRDEE 王煒

8:00pm The House of Music & Booze

An Othr Christmas Party

W/ Thunder Fox, Othrship, Rosie and the Quest, Gaia Rising

7:00pm Botany View Hotel

Atlantic Avenue

W/ Aliya, West Street Drive

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Hands Like Houses

7:00pm Crowbar

The Bottlers

W/ The Owen Guns, The Strike-Outs

7:00pm Hiway Bar

NB:

Music video shoot for The Bottlers

Trenchknife

W/ Splinter, Slaughtercult, Skorn

7:00pm The Burdekin

A VERY SHADY NASTY CHRISTMAS

W/ Shady Nasty, Nerdie, Vex, Jebbi

7:00pm Pleasures Playhouse

JH

This is a HOT SITUATION. Shady Nasty have surreptitiously become one of Sydney’s best live bands - a dizzying amalgam of every genre in a blender. Not afraid to fuse abrasive hardcore with trap with extraordinarily delicate jazz sensibilities while finding pop smarts in the DNA of all the connecting tissue. The supporting cast of friends includes Nerdie of 1300 DJing. This week of gigs before Christmas just keeps intensifying. As Discord regular DJY says: “absolutely get amongst it if you haven't seen them this year, they're crushing it” and I couldn’t agree more.

Milk! Records 10th Anniversary

W/ Courtney Barnett, Hachiku, Lily Morris, Ribeiro

6:30pm Phoenix Central Park

NB:

Two performances at 6:30pm and 8:15pm, entry by ballot allocation - enter the ballot via the website.

THE PORKERS

W/ BIRDMAN (or the unexpected virtue of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater Cover band), ANTY! (The Bennies), FAUX EFFECTS, WISHFUL THINKING, CHRIS DUKE & THE ROYALS, ESS-EM

5:00pm Mary's Underground

JH

"Seven of the best local/interstate Ska & Punk acts." I think Birdman actually did get to do a gig for Tony Hawk or something? I haven't heard of Wishful Thinking since I saw them at Sonfest Christian Music Festival in 2004.

The Peters

3:00pm Gasoline Pony

NB:

Peter O’Doherty, Peter Mitchell, Peter Doyle and Reg (Peter) Mombassa play some of their favourite songs!

Goldfish Smarts

W/ Speaking of Which, Rachel Guidice Band

3:00pm MoshPit Bar

Fri

16

Late Night Rock Club

W/ Billiam, Grand Final, Property

11:59pm The Lansdowne

Hobsons Bay Coast Guard

W/ Jasper & The Jokers

9:00pm Yulli's Brewery

Gloomie

W/ Bonetwister

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Beijing Bikini

W/ AudioBox, The Hot Ness

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

8:00pm Sydney Opera House

Germ Donor

W/ Moth King, Swine

8:00pm The Oxford Tavern

Above & Beyond (UK)

8:00pm Hordern Pavilion

Pi’erre Bourne (USA)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

The All Mother

W/ AUTOSUGGEST, DUKE OF RANDWICK

8:00pm The Chippo Hotel

Garage Sale

W/ Twelve Point Buck, Drift

8:00pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

Milk! Records 10th Birthday Xmas Party

W/ Courtney Barnett, Hachiku, Jess Ribeiro, Kee’ahn, Lily Morris

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

JH

Well the headline and the line-up says it all really doesn't it?

Velvet Trip

W/ Eagle Eye Jones, Dead Witch, Amber Rose

7:30pm The Lansdowne

Monstress

W/ Yasmina Sadiki, Ruffians

7:00pm Hiway Bar

Straight Arrows

W/ GEE TEE, Histamine, Concrete Lawn, Boudiccca

7:00pm The House of Music & Booze

Raave Tapes

W/ Miramar, Land Systems

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Local Produce

W/ Great Job, Moonwood, The Future Thrills, Tom Ryder, Abbey Frances

6:00pm The Great Club

James Norbert Ivanyi

W/ Stephen Taranto

6:00am Crowbar

Thu

15

L.Ä.R.M

W/ Grozny, Menace

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Satu in the Beyond

8:00pm The Great Club

Chase Atlantic

W/ Running Touch, Xavier Mayne

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Infinite Dreams 002: Sydney Is Weirder Than You Think!

W/ TERRIFICUS, DR ROBOT 9000000, HUGH M. HOMINID

8:00pm Hiway Bar

JH

Epic lineup. No really, it's a great lineup. Absolutely demented acts, absolutely fantastic stuff. Get weird. Get along.

Nick Griffith

W/ The Brights

8:00pm The Midnight Special

Jackson Carroll

W/ Rochelle Natoli, Nicola De Sensi

8:00pm Brass Monkey

The Kids Next Door

W/ Alpha Goose, Cøsmix

8:00pm The Chippo Hotel

Breaking Sound

W/ Mathilde Anne, Tayla, Imposters In Chrome, Rah

7:30pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

NB:

Emerging artists showcase by Breaking Sound Sydney.

Going Under

W/ Joseph Liddy & The Skeleton Horse

7:00pm Mary's Underground

JH

"Going Under" is Mary's Underground's free live music event - first Thursday of every month. Joe Liddy and his Horse Friends are all time. Do go, it'll be a blast.

Jane Walker Trio

7:00pm LazyBones

Wed

14

Dry Cleaning (UK)

9:00pm Manning Bar, USYD

NB:

Click the link if you want to see a confronting album cover

Marcus Whale

8:30pm The Bearded Tit

JH

Special show debuting new material: "All New Songs. All New Looks. All New World." - this will be a really exciting new chapter of the MW experience!

Sunset Rollercoaster 落日飛車 (TWN)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Safia

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

JH

I recall these guys were doing Enmore Theatres at one point, so I'm going to guess this is a pre-cycle intimate couple of shows to road test some new material or something.

Davey Higgins & The Legendary Pants Men

W/ Glenn Musto, Fire Sky River Earth

7:00pm Gasoline Pony

NB:

"Ethereal-indie-folk-lofi-zen-punk" certainly has my attention

Good Ramen

W/ L.A.R.M., Tawny Port

7:00pm The Vanguard

Jason Bruer & Hammerhead

7:00pm LazyBones

Tue

13

Caribou (CAN)

W/ Adi Toohey, Lazywax

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Véronique Serret

6:30pm Phoenix Central Park

NB:

Presenting "Prima Volta". Two performances at 6:30pm and 8:15pm, entry by ballot allocation - enter the ballot via the website.

Mon

12

NASHVILLE PUSSY (USA)

8:00pm Crowbar

Sun

11

THE OFFSPRING (USA)

W/ SUM 41 (USA)

9:00pm Hordern Pavilion

Things of Stone & Wood (Acoustic)

8:00pm Brass Monkey

DJ Quik (USA)

W/ DJ Naika, DJ Tikelz

7:30pm Metro Social @ The Metro Theatre

Motor Club 87

7:30pm The Dock, Redfern

Azealia Banks (USA)

7:00pm Enmore Theatre

ZCluster

W/ Cheap Coffins, Enryka

7:00pm MoshPit Bar

SL8ERBOY

W/ The Toothpicks, Bakura

5:00pm The Soda Factory

Sat

10

Chase Atlantic

W/ Running Touch, Xavier Mayne

9:00pm Hordern Pavilion

Skid Row (USA)

W/ Reckless Love (FIN), Wicked Smile

9:00pm Manning Bar, USYD

Cold Heat

W/ Black Dahlia, Shadow Grinder

8:00pm Downgrade HQ

CM

A night of VHS Industrial and electronic post-punk (Cold/Heat ‘Walking Dead’ single release)

Menace x Flowz

W/ Sesk x Luxury, Emcee Raj, Ray Pelaka

8:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

Club Miramar II

W/ Miramar, Self Tape, 4ket

8:00pm The Chippo Hotel

JH

A party thrown by Miramar, who I don't know but I did see support act Self Tape play a set the other week and he played an absolutely sublime mix of dance music. I'm not going to go into sub-genres. You know how to use Bandcamp. Have a listen, reckon this will be a lovely night.

Alec Benjamin (USA)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

I Am Duckeye

W/ Terrificus, Long Hours, Happy Shadows

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Salarymen

W/ The Brights

8:00pm Vic on the Park

30 Years of Frenzal: The Art Show!

W/ Frenzal Rhomb, Operation Ibis, Sick Fizz & Outcest

8:00pm Crowbar

Frankie’s Pizza Goes To Hell: The Final Campaign (Last Ever Show)

W/ Kissteria, Sabïre, Besomora, Dee Minor & the Dischords

8:00pm Frankie's Pizza

JH

And just like that, Frankie’s leaves us, after 10 years of the reliable knowledge of “well, Frankie’s is definitely open” when discussing next steps during an evening. You’ve probably noticed their hectic run of shows leading up to this, the culmination. Runs til 3:30am. Will likely be A Time.

Crow

W/ Bronwyn Eather Band

8:00pm Union Hotel

NB:

Two sets from the venerated legends best known for their three records released in the 90s. Andy Marks is back behind the kit.

Erika de Casier (DEN)

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

Elestial

W/ Teresa Green, Chasing Charlie

7:30pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Horse Drawn Cadillac

7:00pm LazyBones

Ūla

7:00pm The Vanguard

NB:

"Full of Shit" tour

Ellie Goulding (UK)

W/ Meg Mac, Electric Fields

6:00pm The Domain

CW

"Art For All", a huge free show to celebrate the opening of the new Sydney Modern wing of the Art Gallery of NSW just across the road from the Domain. Tickets are free, but you'll need to register via the link above. Hosted by Courtney Act!

Good Pash Christmas Bash

W/ Baby Beef, Down Girl, Good Pash, Papa Pilko and the Binrats, Patamon, Sweetie

5:00pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

NORMFEST '22

W/ 1300, Gee Tee, Research Reactor Corp, Babitha, Annie Hamilton, CK & the 45s, Ziggy Ramo

3:00pm The Great Club

Moss Girl

W/ Nikkita Dixon, Lora Keet, Giddy

2:30pm MoshPit Bar

NB:

"I'm a Barbie Bitch" EP launch

Fri

9

Victoria

W/ The S-Bends

9:00pm Golden Barley Hotel

PACEY, KING & DOLEY

W/ SOUTHERN JUNCTION

9:00pm Eastern Lounge @ The Roseville Club

Black Dahlia

W/ Murder Club 87, Hugh M. Hominid

9:00pm Yulli's Brewery

The Crystal Method (USA)

8:00pm Factory Theatre

30 YEARS OF HARDWARE

W/ RICHIE HAWTIN, JOSEPH CAPRIATI, VICTOR RUIZ (LIVE), SAMA ABDULHADI

8:00pm Home Nightclub

JH

UPDATE: moved from the Hordern to Home Nightclub, starts later, greatly expanded lineup. "Hardware is the longest running producer of electronic shows in Australia and has been an innovative force when the company was established by Richie McNeill (DJ Richie Rich) in 1991" // Shoutout to Discord member MeaTTraY who sent me a Richie Hawtie DJ set which was an immersive minimal techno experience - absolutely brilliant. I feel like this would be a really special night celebrating a golden tradition of classic techno. Not EDM, not your million-bpm screech fests, but real, classic 90s techno.

Marijannah

W/ Potion

8:00pm Crowbar

Kim Salmon & The Surrealists

8:00pm The Great Club

Reliqa & Lune

W/ Heartline

8:00pm The Chippo Hotel

FRANCIS INFERNO ORCHESTRA

W/ CASEY LEAVER (DJ), MATT LAL (DJ), DJ SVETA

8:00pm Hotel Harry

NB:

Melbs-born, Berlin-based honcho of the Superconscious record label bringing a selection of DJs and his own live show to upstairs at Harry's!

Kendrick Lamar (USA)

W/ Baby Keem, Tanna Leone

7:30pm Qudos Arena

Art vs Science

W/ Mickey Kojak, Atlas Franklin Alexander

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

JH

Huh, I played guitar in a band with Jim once upon a time. We did precisely one show. There we go! Who is Art vs Science in 2022? Who's gonna be turning up to this gig? I'm actually genuinely curious to see what their life lessons and musings have yielded forth to them when it comes to being a party band that got massive on the back of some silly songs that were the sound of three guys having fun. Keep an eye out for them on the SydneyMusic.net playlist and we can figure that out together.

R.M.F.C.

W/ Optic Nerve, Carnations

7:30pm The Lansdowne

The Sooks

W/ Flowermarket

7:00pm Vic on the Park

Last Quokka

W/ Downgirl, The Dreadful Tides

7:00pm The Duke of Enmore

CM

Anti-fascist punks from the most isolated city on the planet Last Quokka return with the second single off their forthcoming LP, due out in early 2023. Eat The Rich is a no-holds-barred, raucous, piss-taking commentary on the elitist private school boy wankers of Perth's 'golden triangle'.

Rah! Records Showcase

W/ IZZY N THE PROFIT, BEYOND DOPE, SCARECROW Ft. PYNE, chillcheney, BOO LAWSON, GRIZZLY THE HERMIT, BIGGIE DEEZ, OLD MATE HAMB, MC WORMIE, VORISN

7:00pm MoshPit Bar

JH

Underground Australian hip hop label putting on a stacked end-of-year finale.

Julia Why

W/ Second Idol, Warren

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Highways

W/ JøshjøsH, Mila Nile

7:00pm The Vanguard

NB:

DEBUT PERFORMANCE. Huge!! First-ever performance for Highways, a Sydney supergroup featuring Otto from sleepmakeswaves, Lachie from DZ Deathrays, Steve de Wilde from Mammals, Keelan Butterick from Stare at the Clouds, and Michael Cardell.

DEAD

W/ Chimers, Potential

7:00pm Fatamorgana

NB:

💥💥💥 Um. Shit. So. This is an incredible lineup, in the most gorgeous space that no-one knows about - an upstairs loft-ish room above a mechanics' garage.